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The two SJSU partnerships are a subset of a U.S. State
Department-sponsored journalism partnership that also
partners two other U.S. and three other Afghan institutions, including University of Arizona with Nangarhar
University, Ball State University with Shaikh Zayed University, and the University of Nebraska, Omaha, with
Kabul University, says Robin Smith, Cultural Affairs
Officer at U.S. Embassy Kabul in charge of the U.S. State
Department's educational exchange programs.
Smith says the last of the journalism partnership program will end by 2015. Meanwhile, the focus on State
Department-sponsored partnership programs will shift
to agriculture and science, "in line with helping government with long-term developmental needs," Smith says.
"The goal is to equip students to help contribute to the
country's economic development and strengthen mutual
understanding between the people of the United States
and Afghanistan. We should announce partnerships soon."

The UK Is Partnering
With Afghanistan, Too
On the other side of the pond, the United Kingdom has
also been creating partnerships with higher education
institutions in Afghanistan. INSPIRE is a British Council
funded project that aims to significantly strengthen academic and research partnerships between UK and Afghan
higher education institutions. The partnerships aim to
build capacity in higher education institutions through the
further development of staff's professional skills and international research competence, to help build sustainable
partnerships based on research and teaching agendas, and
to serve as trails for possible models of future cooperation.
Some projects through the INSPIRE program included
a project to bring together researchers and educationalists
in geosciences in Kabul University and the University of
Leicester (2010-2013); a research project to study folk30

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lore of Northern Afghanistan between the Afghanistan
Academy of Science and Cambridge Central Asia Forum,
University of Cambridge (2011-2014); and a delivery of a
training course in counseling skills for practitioners who
work with students and young people in the Afghanistan
province of Herat.
Furthermore, the International Leadership Development Programme, funded by the British Council, seeks to
support the development quality assurance processes and
capabilities in higher education in Afghanistan. The project (known formally as the Partners in Academic Learning
Project and, informally, as the PAL Project) involves eight
Afghan academics who are heads or members of Quality
Assurance Committees in six Afghan universities, and the
Ministry of Higher Education itself was launched on April
2013. The goals of the partnership are to support six leading universities in Afghanistan develop quality assurance
processes and further help the universities move toward
a higher level of excellence of quality assurance.
"It has been a great and enjoyable privilege to work
with our colleagues in Afghanistan," says Victoria Lindsay,
former deputy director of partnerships at Open University at the time of the project (she was recently appointed
as director of quality development at the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in the UK). "The progress made by
the Afghan institutions is a remarkable achievement in
nine months. This should not be underestimated given
the challenging external environment and the continuous
need to engage colleagues in a new concept the benefits
of which are not immediately apparent."
Lindsay provided the quality assurance expertise for the
project. "This great progress is also testimony to the commitment and support of the Ministry of Higher Education
who has been an enthusiastic supporter and enabler of the
program providing invaluable support and advice at key
points during the program."

COURTESY OF DIANE GUERRAZZI

Afghan professors visit Google
headquarters in
Mountain View,
California, while
studying at San
Jose State University in 2013.



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